Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Seven Teams Represent Cornell in ULI Competition

This past Monday, seven Cornell teams competing for the 11th annual Urban Land Institute-Gerald D. Hines Competition breathed a collective sigh of relief as they finished their design and financial feasibility submissions. Thirty-five Cornell graduate and fifth-year architecture students returned early from winter break to participate in the annual urban design and development competition. Sponsored by international real estate firm Hines, this year's competition centers around design ideas for redevelopment of land immediately surrounding the Minnesota Vikings stadium in Minneapolis, MN. While the plans may or may not be applied to the site, the designs must be grounded in reality, addressing urban design and financial feasibility. The winning team will receive $50,000 with finalists teams receiving $10,000 each.

While Cornell is likely to have more team representation than any other school, the number of Cornell teams is not unprecedented; in 2011, Cornell fielded ten teams. Last year only saw four teams compete. This years teams represent a broad coalition of students from across the university: Business (1), Architecture (5), Landscape Architecture (10), Planning (12), Real Estate (5), and two joint degree program students participating: Landscape/Real Estate (1) and one Landscape/Planning (1).

Students pulled many long hours to submit their plans before the January 28th deadline. Results are expected by early March. Great work and good luck competitors! 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

2012 CRP Alumni Survey Results Available

Cornell's alumni networks consist of an unparalleled group of leaders, academics and professionals. Compiled by AAP Career Services, the CRP Alumni Survey 2012 includes attending alumni in bachelors, masters and doctorate programs. Responses to last years’ survey include graduates from 1957–2012, and represent a wide range of positions and career paths from consultants to directors. A summary of some points of the survey is included in the adjacent graphic with respondents separated by degree type.

To help students succeed professionally, alumni offered counsel on the most important skills as well as general professional advice. While individual responses could not be published, themes are summarized here and original responses are available from AAP Career Services, B1 West Sibley Hall. For more information, contact AAP Career Services

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Mildred Warner to Receive Community and Economic Vitality Award

Professor Mildred Warner
The Community and Regional Development Institute’s 2012/13 David J. Allee and Paul R. Eberts Community and Economic Vitality Award will be presented on Monday, February 11th, 2013 to Mildred Warner, Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, for her years of innovative research on issues impacting families, communities and regions. The award will be given at CaRDI’s Research Roundtable Seminar on “Planning Across Generations,” to be held at Cornell University on February 11th from 12:00-2:00.

Panelists will include Professor Warner, Ruth Finkelstein (Senior Vice President for Policy and Planning, The New York Academy of Medicine), and Dana E. Friedman (Founder and President, The Early Years Institute).

Mildred Warner is a Professor of City and Regional Planning where her work focused on privatization, economic development and new models of service delivery. She has published over 65 articles in top journals and received grants from numerous foundations and US government agencies for her research. Her research is characterized by strong collaborations with local government associations which ensure its policy relevance. For more information on her research projects see

For more information on Professor Warner's award, click here.

Cornell Student Team Wins Philadelphia Design Competition

A mixed team of MLA and MRP students recently took first place at the 2013 Ed Bacon Student Design Competition, held annually by the Philadelphia Center for Architecture. The winning entry was entitled SHIFT (Smart Hub Infrastructure for Tomorrow).

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The team members, listed below, all plan to graduate this coming spring.
• Logan Axelson, MRP '13
• Caleb Cheng, MRP '13
• Katherine Li, MLA '13
• Jesse Nicholson, MLA '13
• Travis North, MLA/MRP '13

Although Mr. Bacon (B.Arch ’32) was a Cornell alumnus, this did not affect the outcome—the team produced top quality work, beating out significant national and international competition. One key strategy of the ambitious proposal was a long-term, phased implementation. This win marks the third for the university in the past four competitions, demonstrating continued excellence by the universities programs.

More information on the competition can be found here. (

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Weekly Guest Lectures: Spring ISP Seminar Announced

One of the many benefits of Cornell's CRP program involves weekly guest lectures. As a top-tier research university, Cornell attracts prominent practitioners, researchers, activists and urban leaders each Friday to Milstein Auditorium to present on a variety of topics. The Spring seminar is sponsored by International Studies in Planning (ISP) and focuses on urgent and foundational issues affecting urban populations worldwide. Representing an impressive list of leaders in the field, the Spring 2013 seminar lectures were recently announced:
FEB 01
Germà Bel, Department of Economics, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
The Economics and Politics of High-Speed Rail: Lessons from Experiences Abroad.
FEB 08
Elizabeth McKeon, Philanthropy Consultant
Planning Injustice
FEB 15
Stefan Ziegler, UNRWA Barrier Monitoring Unit (BMU) West Bank.
Accomplishing Advocacy through Field-Based Research
FEB 22
Jonathan Thompson, Water and Environment Center (WCC), Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Tribal First Foods and the Umatilla River Vision: Planning and Implementation of Large-Scale Habitat Restoration in the Inland Northwest
MAR 01
Alexander Zaitchik, Journalist, New York
Chinese Avatar in the Amazon
MAR 08
Paul Smoke, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service , NYU
The Emergence of Recentralization in Developing Countries: Forms, Motivations and Consequences
MAR 29
Savitri Bisnath, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University
Crisis Prevention and Recovery: What does gender equality or human rights have to do with it?
APR 05
Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps
Making a Difference: Peace Corps in the 21st Century?
APR 19
Randy Stoecker, Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, UW Madison
TBA [on CBR]
APR 26
Vani Subramanian, Film Maker, Fulbright Scholar
Delhi. New Delhi. Improved Delhi.
MAY 03
Diane E. Davis, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Urban Resilience in Situations of Chronic Violence

Recently concluded, the Fall semester lecturers represented a similarly robust agglomeration of talent, innovation and experience, many with educational or professional ties to Cornell. Below is a list of this past Fall’s lectures.

David DriskellExecutive Director, Community Planning and Sustainability, Boulder, Colorado
Ken Meter, President, Crossroads Resource Center

Donna Fathke*, East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission
Michael Likosky, Center on Law & Public Finance and Institute for Public Knowledge
Rolf Pendall, Director, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute
Laura Wolf-Powers, University of Pennsylvania
Mike McCoy, Executive Director, California Strategic Growth Council
Donald Greenberg*, Cornell University
CRP Faculty Authors
Vishaan Chakrabarti*, Director, Center for Urban Real Estate, Columbia University
Worrasit Tantinipankul*, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi
George Frantz*, Cornell University
* Cornell Alumni; Past or current faculty

For a full list of lectures each semester, visit